Positive Effects of a Musical Atmosphere on Students

by Abby @ Quaver on August 16, 2012

in In the Quaver Classroom!,Music Education News

Atmospheres . . . They’re Not Just for the Impressionist Period Anymore!

Our good friend Claude Debussy loved to paint pictures with music. His stunning aural environments surrounded listeners, allowing them to experience the feelings of a moonlit night or a raging storm.

Music programs are also capable of creating atmospheres which nurture cooperation, collaboration, tenacity, and unity. And for students who don’t shine in academics as well as artistic pursuits, it may just be a safe haven.

But don’t take our word for it. Consider what research suggests.

Positive Effects of Music Class

In a one-year study published in Psychology of Music (4/13/12) elementary school children who participated in interactive musical games showed:

“higher emotional empathy scores after the study than before and higher scores than the control group.”

Similarly, researcher Eric Jensen found that students who participate in music offerings at school:

  • connect to each other better
  • achieve greater camaraderie
  • engage in fewer fights
  • exhibit less racism
  • and register a reduced use of hurtful sarcasm

In a 2005 report called Critical Evidence, The Arts Education Partnership and the National Assemble of State Arts Agencies found that participation in the arts (including music) played “a key role in developing social competencies among educationally or economically disadvantaged youth who are at the greatest risk of dropping out.” It was also cited for its value in developing self-confidence and self-control, conflict resolution, empathy, and social tolerance.

What a joy to know that impact of your music instruction reaches far beyond your classroom.

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